Publication scheme

This publication scheme commits us to make information available to the public as part of our normal business activity. The information covered is included in the classes of information mentioned below, where this information is held by ourselves.


Our publication scheme commitments

The scheme commits us:

  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information, including environmental information, which is held by us and falls within the classifications listed in the classes of information section of this web page.

  • To specify the information, which is held by us and falls within the classifications listed in the classes of information section of this web page.

  • To proactively publish or otherwise make available as a matter of routine, information in line with the statements contained within this scheme.

  • To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public.

  • To review and update on a regular basis the information we make available under this scheme.

  • To produce a schedule of any fees charged for access to information which is made proactively available.

  • To make this publication scheme available to the public.

  • To publish any dataset held by the authority that has been requested, and any updated versions it holds, unless the authority is satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so; to publish the dataset, where reasonably practicable, in an electronic form that is capable of re-use; and, if any information in the dataset is a relevant copyright work and the public authority is the only owner, to make the information available for re-use under a specified licence. The term 'dataset' is defined in section 11(5) of the Freedom of Information Act. The terms 'relevant copyright work' and 'specified licence' are defined in section 19(8) of that Act.

Classes of information

Who we are and what we do

Organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.

How we make decisions

Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.

Our policies and procedures

Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.

Lists and Registers

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.

The services we offer

Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered.

The classes of information will not generally include:

  • Information the disclosure of which is prevented by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure.

  • Information in draft form.

  • Information that is no longer readily available as it is contained in files that have been placed in archive storage, or is difficult to access for similar reasons.

The method by which information published under this scheme will be made available

We will indicate clearly to the public what information is covered by this scheme and how it can be obtained.

Generally the information will be provided on this website (www.derbyshire.gov.uk (opens in a new window)).

Where it is impractical to make information available on the website or where an individual does not wish to access the information by the website, we will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.

In exceptional circumstances some information may be available only by viewing it in person. Where this manner is specified, contact details will be provided. An appointment to view the information will be arranged within a reasonable timescale.

Information will be provided in the language in which it is held or in another language that is legally required. Where the county council is legally required to translate any information, it will do so.

Obligations under disability and discrimination legislation and any other legislation to provide information in other forms and formats will be adhered to when providing information in accordance with the scheme.

Charges which may be made for information published under this scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public.  Charges made by the authority for routinely published material will be justified and transparent and kept to a minimum.

Material which is published and accessed through the website will be provided free of charge.

Charges may be made for information subject to a charging regime specified by Parliament.

Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:

  • Photocopying

  • Postage and packaging

  • The costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information.

Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised and they are, in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which are readily available to the public.

Charges may also be made for making datasets (or parts of datasets) that are relevant copyright works available for re-use. These charges will be in accordance with either regulations made under section 11B of the Freedom of Information Act or other enactments.

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information. You can find further details on charges we make for information on our publication charges page.

Written requests

Information held by us that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Write to us at:

Access to Information Officer
County Hall
Smedley Street
Matlock
DE4 3AG

email: access2info@derbyshire.gov.uk

If you have any questions about the publication scheme, please contact the Access to Information Officer on 01629 538373.

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